An exceptional project via lecturers reflecting a unprecedented imaginative and prescient of global historical past, this landmark multivolume encyclopedia specializes in particular issues of human improvement throughout cultures period through period, supplying the main in-depth, expansive presentation on hand of the improvement of humanity from a world point of view. famous and extensively revered historians labored jointly to create and consultant the venture so one can supply the main up to date visions available.

• Contributions by means of a workforce of over 800 historians, anthropologists, sociologists, and different lecturers, keen on a world-based view of historical past, together with recognized researchers in addition to leading edge newbies who've made amazing contributions. This multi-faceted process bargains a piece that mixes orthodox perspectives with artistic new views

• Twenty-one volumes protecting the breadth of human heritage, in 9 eras: Beginnings of Human Society; Early Civilizations, 4000–1000 BCE; Classical Traditions, a thousand BCE–300 CE; increasing nearby Civilizations, 300―1000; Intensified Hemispheric Interactions, 1000–1500; the 1st worldwide Age, 1450–1770; The Age of Revolutions, 1750–1914; problem and fulfillment, 1900–1945; can provide and Paradoxes, 1945–Present

• common chronologies plotting large-scale alterations in human association, in parts corresponding to inhabitants stream, technological improvement, and the evolution of social and political institutions

• 1000's of pictures and maps, plus charts and bibliographies

• a variety of basic resource excerpts (some translated into English for the 1st time) giving scholars firsthand publicity to the uncooked fabrics of historic research

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